A pilot project is to get underway in two Suffolk districts to reduce the reliance on the grid and instead utilise solar power for leisure centres. Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils’ cabinets last week agreed to the solar carports scheme, a project which will feature solar panels and battery storage being installed at the car parks for Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury and Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket. Those carports will be bike-shed style covers on parking spaces with solar panels on top. The schemes, which have secured £400,000 each from the government’s Getting Building Fund as well as investment of £350,000 at Babergh and £300,000 in Mid Suffolk, will open by the end of March 2022. Councillor Jessica Fleming, Conservative cabinet member for the environment at Mid Suffolk, said: “Approval of this project with match funding from government reduces the carbon footprint around our leisure centres which are one of our highest emitters, and takes us closer to meeting our ambition of carbon neutrality.
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